Dr. John J. Smetanka
Get to know our Interim President, John J. Smetanka
Prior to accepting the role as Interim President of Notre Dame College, Dr. Smetanka served as Provost and Dean of Faculty at NDC. He still maintains the Provost position in addition to his Interim President role.
Before joining Notre Dame College in 2022, Smetanka served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where he also held the faculty rank of associate professor in the Department of Physics, and served as department chair, director of the honors program and director of the liberal arts program. He first joined the faculty of St. Vincent College in 1997.
Smetanka earned a Bachelor of Science in physics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and completed a Master of Science and doctorate in astronomy and astrophysics both from the University of Chicago.
We invite you to experience NDC for yourself! Come visit and you will see what a special experiene we offer our students. Our liberal arts academic programs are rigorous and our student life is exciting. We offer a variety of opportunities from athletics to campus ministry and much more.
Our faculty and staff are here to ensure your success both in the classroom and in the local and global communities. Come experience NDC today!
John J. Smetanka